Hair Loss Differences and Ethnicity

hair loss differences in ethnicity

No two patients who come to RHRLI are alike. Each has different concerns and each needs different treatment plans when it comes to hair loss or thinning hair.  That’s why we consult with each one of our patients to come up with a plan of action. But we do know that there are certain patterns of hair loss. For example, androgenetic alopecia or male pattern hair loss is characterized by a receding hairline and a thinning crown area.

There are also differing patterns of hair loss between men and women. But what about different ethnicities? There are differences here too and RHRLI wants you to know that hair loss might be more or less common depending on your ethnic background. If you’re looking for a permanent solution to thinning hair, you should also know that RHRLI is the only hair treatment center on Long Island that has the ARTAS® System, which uses state of the art robotic technology to give you a fuller, healthier head of hair.

Differences Among Asian, African and Caucasian

While researchers tend to classify hair into three ethnic types, Asian hair, African hair and Caucasian hair, it’s important to note that there are differences in these groups. For example, Japanese men tend to lose hair more than other Asian men according to HealthyTokyo.com.

But in general, Asian hair tends to grow quicker and has a lower density than other ethnic groups, according to the Loréal website Hair Science. It tends to grow perpendicular to the scalp. African hair has a slower growth pattern and is slightly denser than Asian hair. It tends to twist around as it grows. Caucasian hair grows slightly slower than Asian hair and has the highest density. It grows slightly curved.

There are also differences among ethnicities in the rate of male pattern hair loss. According to Men’s Health, the highest rate of hair loss was found among Caucasians, followed by Afro-Caribbeans. Asian men had the lowest rate.

Countries Where Hair Loss is Most Prevalent

The Japanese news website SoraNews24 broke down statistics by country using a 2011 survey on hair loss. The country with the highest rate of hair loss was the Czech Republic, with 42.79 percent of men in Prague having thinning hair. Experts pointed to diet as a possible contributing factor as Czech men tend to eat a meat-heavy diet that tends to be lacking in vegetables. In his book, Patient Guide to Hair Loss & Hair Restoration, author DJ Verret says that some observers have suggested that a change in diet following World War II that increased the level of saturated animal fat may have contributed to an increase in hair loss among men in Japan.

The top five countries in terms of thinning hair were all European. Spain, Germany, France, the United Kingdom were also on the list. The United States was sixth on the list with 39.24 percent of men seeing thinning hair, while Canada was tenth at 37.42 percent. Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, and Russia also finished high on the list.

RHRLI Can Help You Find a Permanent Solution to Thinning Hair

In general, Caucasian men are more likely to experience hair loss in larger numbers, but that doesn’t mean you won’t experience thinning hair if you are of African or Asian descent. If you’re looking for a permanent solution, RHRLI can help. The ARTAS® System can help you avoid painful surgery and it’s a more accurate procedure than those that involve hand-held devices. For more information, contact us today.

Please note that the author of this piece is not a doctor and the information in this material is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor or medical professional for specific information regarding your individual situation.

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